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WALTON NAMED PROVOST AT OLE MISS
OXFORD – A new provost has been named to manage the University of Mississippi on a daily basis, freeing Chancellor Robert C. Khayat to meet with high school and community college students and raise money.
Gerald Walton, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, was selected from among 50 applicants in a national search. Walton will be the chief academic officer and chief operating officer effective June 1.
The selection is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
The provost position is part of an organizational structure established by a transition team, according to the university. By creating the position, university officials say Khayat will be more accessible to students, faculty and staff.
Walton, who joined the Ole Miss faculty in 1962, was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, director of the summer session and a professor of English. He also was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1976 to 1982.